Bolton School (Girls’ Division and Boys’ Division) has beaten almost 250 entries to win Independent School Parent magazine’s inaugural Independent School of the Year Award, decided upon by a judging panel comprising leading figures from the sector. The submission focused on the school’s work in and with the local community and pupils’ volunteering, as well as extracurricular and academic achievement. The Boys’ Division was named Independent Boys’ School of the Year and the Girls’ Division was highly commended in the corresponding category; the school was also highly commended in the community outreach section.
Girls’ Division headmistress and GSA President-Elect for 2019, Sue Hincks, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. It is gratifying that our engagement with the local community has been recognised, including our enrichment lectures, educational and sporting festivals for local children, our SHINE Saturday morning programme, our sixth formers providing afternoon tea for local residents and our organising of the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.”
Philip Britton, headmaster of the Boys’ Division, said: “We strive to ensure that our pupils go out into the world capable of making a difference for good, so for their volunteering work – including large numbers of pupils who undertake DofE and NCS – to be acknowledged is particularly pleasing.”
Henry Barton, of Independent School Parent, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response to our inaugural awards and it was highly competitive, so it is an incredible achievement to have won.”
A spokesperson for the award said: “Judges scrutinised every entry and enjoyed reading stories of transformative and innovative projects in schools from Scotland to Cornwall. What the entries to the awards showed was an independent school sector that is truly thriving, from small rural pre-preps through to senior schools which are household names.”